Mother Nature Is Slowing Down, Should We Follow Her Lead?
So, based on the picture featured at the top of this article, you might assume this is another encouragement for you to head to the mountains to take in the spectacular exhibition nature is presenting. To be sure, my wife and I did make this trip going over to Kolob Reservoir and it was truly astounding beauty. We only have a few weeks, and perhaps few days to enjoy this wonder, so if you have not gone up yet, I think it would be worth your time.
My intent here, however, is a different reminder that is coming from nature that I think we should incorporate in to our overly burdened day to day lives.
I'm probably like many who, when they were young, couldn't stand the last day of summer. Primarily that was because we had to go back to school and endure that scourge on our fun. We couldn't play all day. We had to get out of bed! It was the end of baseball for the year.
More than that, as I have mentioned in other stories, in the little town I grew up in, it was the end of summer activities like going to the lake, or being able to go play miniature golf at our local arcade. Even the movie theater shut down a few weeks after Labor Day. It was time for us to become a boring, nothing to do, small, little town.
Yep, back then, summer was the favorite time of year for me.
How times, or at least my attitude, have changed. Now, without question, fall is my favorite time of year. Not that I'm looking for endless boredom in my life, not at all. But, as the heat of summer gradually fades away, fall ushers in a sense of calm and tranquility. I don't know about you, but calm and tranquility sounds really good to me.
There is so much fall has to offer. One of the most captivating aspects of fall is the way it engages our senses. The earthy aroma of fallen leaves and the sweet scent of ripe apples permeate the air, creating an olfactory delight. The sound of rustling leaves beneath our feet adds a musical quality to daily walks, making each step a rhythmic symphony. Until we remember that we have to rake them up.
Fall also brings a cornucopia of flavors, from the comforting warmth of pumpkin spice lattes to the sweetness of freshly baked pies. It’s a season of harvest, where farmer’s markets are brimming with a bounty of fruits and vegetables, celebrating the abundance of nature.
Moreover, fall encourages a sense of togetherness. Families gather around crackling bonfires, sharing stories and laughter under the starlit sky. The joy of carving pumpkins and the excitement of Halloween festivities bring communities closer, fostering a spirit of camaraderie.
Beyond its aesthetic and sensory pleasures, fall signifies a time of change and reflection. It teaches us the beauty of letting go, as trees gracefully shed their leaves, reminding us of the importance of releasing what no longer serves us. It symbolizes transformation and encourages us to embrace change with grace and acceptance.
And beyond that, as we see nature slowing down for the year, fall serves as a potent reminder that taking the foot off the accelerator and slowing our pace on occasion, prepares us for the intense, busy days that will assuredly come again.
So, by all means, while you can, I recommend that trip to enjoy the majesty of fall that adorns the mountains around us, and whether you're driving, biking or hiking I suggest you take it at a slower pace.
Mother Nature is slowing down for the year. Maybe she is trying to tell us something.
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Gallery Credit: Bethany Adams